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Link Rot, Data Rot, and Archiving was a session at IndieWebCamp Austin 2019.

Notes archived from: https://etherpad.indieweb.org/webio

IndieWebCamp Austin 2019
Session: Link Rot, Data Rot, and Archiving
When: 2019-02-23 15:40



  • rewrite rules - nginx + PHP
  • Questions
    • what has been your experience with updating broken l


  • when the style of a platform changes (e.g Reddit) you can't view the old style
  • sometimes links work in one country but not another
  • sometimes this is an authorization problem (e.g. paid subscriptions)

The internet archive can help! https://archive.org/ -> an amazing resource

See also Internet Archive for directions on how to tell the archive to `curl` a page

Note 2017 Mastodon article: https://mashable.com/2017/04/15/mastodon-has-instance-for-everyone/#NsR9h1.KDPq2

  • only 3 of the 9 Mastodon instances it links to are still up or actually still Mastodon (others are spam, random WordPress, or NSFW squatters)
  • How do we archive maps?

If we could have a blog archive format standard.

  • WordPress has an export format
  • Tumblr has an export format

See also